John Ryden Holmstead, 91, a devout Lutheran, went to be with his Lord and Savior Dec. 30, 2012. He died at BAMC with his family by his side. He was born Oct. 20, 1921 in Mankato to the late Jennie Maria (Ryden) and Albert J. Holmstead.
He graduated from North Branch High School in 1939. After serving his country in the Army in France during WWII, he took advantage of the GI bill and studied at Princeton and later graduated from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. He worked for GMAC and traveled extensively. He met his wife while on an auditing assignment in Germany. After 35 years with GM, he retired to Menominee, Mich.
John leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Christa; daughters: Karen (Mark) Hilton of Plano, Texas and Janet (Todd) Schloegel of Menominee, Mich.; and grandchildren: Isabel, Kate, Riley and Max Hilton, and Karl, Anah and Erika Schloegel.
John had five aunts, three uncles and a beloved grandma living in the North Branch area.
The family gatherings were an important part of his life.
John was a quiet, gentle person and a country gentleman.
He will be missed.
To honor his wishes, John will be buried at his mother’s side in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.